Friday, May 31, 2013

Strong to Severe Thunderstorms This Afternoon and Evening

Strong to severe thunderstorms will develop this afternoon into the evening.  The Storm Prediction Center has most of MO and OK, SE KS and NW AR in a slight risk for severe weather, with SE KS, much of OK and extreme SW MO in a moderate risk box for severe weather.  The slight risk area is listed with a 5% chance of a tornado, with the moderate risk area showing 10%.

The Springfield NWS office notes that the most likely time for storms to impact the Ozarks is between 2pm and 10pm this evening.  The risks include:
  • Elevated tornado risk
  • Elevated hail risk (up to golf ball sized hail)
  • Elevated thunderstorm wind damage risk (up to 70MPH wind gusts)
  • Elevated flooding risk
  • Significant lightning risk
  • Limited non-thunderstorm wind damage risk
Rainfall amounts are expected from 1 to 4 inches, so please pay attention to flooding possibilities.

You should stay tuned to local weather forecasts. Make sure your NOAA All Hazards Radio is on and backed up by battery. If you don't own a NOAA All Hazards Radio, you should. Click the link for a previous blog post on selecting one.

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